Journal Article

Use of a human factors classification framework to identify causal factors for medication and medical device-related adverse clinical incidents.

Mitchell RJ; Williamson A; Molesworth B.

Researchers examined a random sample of 200 medication errors and 200 medical device-related clinical incidents in Australia using a human factors framework to identify key precursor events and contributing factors. Medication errors primarily involved staff actions that led to mistakes, whereas the device incidents were often related to equipment failures.